Dunn is known for a wise, well-practiced eye. Although some of his widely published poems labor under a burden of care, at least they avoid shortcuts to wonder or faked feeling. In an excellent ninth collection of poems, if Dunn ponders too much, what he addresses is an effort to understand the nature of "terrible brightness." Transforming worry into moral inquest, he's concerned with disappointment, meaninglessness, and the fallen world (each a poem title). Gentle intelligence and abhorrence of imitation keep poems balanced "on the edge/ of breaking" between the severity of life without illusion and disorder. "Loosestrife," a long, ten-part concluding work updating "Elergy Written in a Country Churchyard," blends reflections on contemporary issues (the Oklahoma City bombing, gangs, Satanists) with sensitive observations of marshland of the southern coast of New Jersey. (He teaches at Richard Stockton College there.) Dunn's hard-earned poetic claim to celebrating sincerity is important; his "soul-maps" take us one stride closer to truth. For all poetry collections.Frank Allen, North Hampton Community Coll., Tannersville, Pa.